Good images and video
The Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS is a fine camera. Its small size makes it very convenient to carry around and its powerful zoom provides the user with tremendous versatility. It's a quick performer, for the most part, though its shot-to-shot speed could be faster, especially when the flash is utilized. It produces sharp, colorful, low distortion images throughout the frame at all focal lengths, including in low light.
Stylish metal body, High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor
The Canon IXUS 500 HS is a good attempt to marry the classic styling of the IXUS range with a big zoom lens, but the tiny controls, poor battery life, so-so image quality at high ISO speeds and the eye-watering price-tag detract somewhat from its overall appeal.
Optical zoom while movie recording
The ELPH 520 HS / IXUS 500 HS is truly a marvel of miniaturisation. If you're looking for a pocket zoom that really is pocketable you be hard pressed to find a model that matches it for size, weight and classy good looks. The quality is more than skin deep, it's beautifully engineered and feels like a quality product.
Stunning design, Well-specified, Impressive LCD screen
The Canon IXUS 500 HS is a compact camera that impresses at first sight. Not only is the model one of the most stylish currently on the market, but it also features a weighty specification to match its eye-catching looks. The combination of 10.1MP CMOS sensor, Canon's HS technology, DIGIC 5 processor and 12x optical zoom results in both excellent image quality and a versatility up there with more advanced compacts.
Outstanding image quality versus similarly priced cameras
Canon has always had specific market segments for its cameras. Its Rebel line of DSLR cameras is aimed at beginning and intermediate photographers. The company also has several high-end DSLR cameras aimed at professionals.
Then there are budget-priced PowerShot models, usually costing less than $200. These cameras typically have very limited features and performance levels.
Good-looking and super portable
The Elph 520 HS is a hard sell. Looking at only the specifications, you might not see enough of an upgrade here to justify the purchase. But once itÃ¢Â? Â? s actually in your hands, you can see where it proves its worth. The button navigation gets rid of the touchscreen interface (overrated, in my opinion) and makes handling more in your control.
Photo quality is excellent
The Canon PowerShot Elph 310 HS is certainly a recommendable camera. It takes nice photos, it's relatively simple to operate, and it's well priced for what you're getting. Snapshooters looking to improve on the photo quality of their smartphones and actually have an optical zoom without feeling weighed down should check it out.
Offers HD video capability alongside stills
The Canon IXUS 310 HS' swollen proportions suggest a 16x travel zoom capability might lurk beneath its exterior so it's a slight disappointment to find a 4.4x optical zoom in its place. Whilst this is adequate for everyday snapping, it's therefore left to the rear 3.2-inch, 461k dot LCD to deliver the wow factor.
Super-slim stylish compact design
The Canon ELPH 310 HS / IXUS 230 HS sits more or less in the middle of the ELPH / IXUS range in terms of price and features. The stand-out features it offers are an excellent zoom range and versatile movie shooting options packed into a slim and attractive body. Added to these it has 'Intelligent' optical image stabilsation which makes it easier to get steady shots when shooting hand-held.
Full HD movie capability with HDMI output
Touch-screen aficionados will revel at the size and clarity of the 310 HS' monolithic LCD, although - in spite of putting in a generally good performance - there were occasions when we missed the immediacy of being able to switch modes using physical controls. These intermittent frustrations aside, image quality and low light performance is particularly impressive.
Large high quality touch screen
The Canon IXUS 310 is nicely styled with a strikingly enormous touch screen filling almost its entire back. It's responsive and easy to use in most instances though smaller onscreen controls can be fiddly, and with no physical controls to fall back on it can get frustrating to use. Otherwise it's a capable mid-range compact with a 4.4x zoom lens, good image quality, Full HD video and notably good low light performance.
Sleek, stylish and a little bit sexy too
Canon always come up trumps with the aesthetics of its IXUS range and the IXUS 310 HS is testament to this: sleek, stylish and a little bit sexy too, with it's full metal body giving it an expensive look and feel. At 100.6 x 55.4 x 25.0 mm, the camera is small but not tiny or ultra slim and as a result it is comfortable to hold and at 185g feels reassuringly weighty in the hand.
Great camera if it's what you're looking for
For everything your getting, I think this camera is well worth $250. It takes sharp, accurately colored pictures look great on their own, as well as with Photoshop. If you do not own any imaging editing software, this camera still produces great pictures, has a ton of very cool, very interesting modes (some of which I've never seen on any camera before), and comes with some simple editing software (mainly for merging panorama shots. there is also other, free image editing software out there...
Good price nice cam.
Overall the quality is what I would expect given the price. I am still in awe of the tiny size and weight. It really does fit in my pocket. I'm happy with the quality of the HD video for web display (it doesn't look so great going through HDMI on our 42in HDTV). And once I figured out how to access the different shooting modes etc, it became very easy to use.
Most innovative model of recent months
In summing up, whilst the Canon IXUS 220 HS is not the most innovative model of recent months to land on our test slab, all things considered it's another Recommended award from the Photographyblog team of testers for anyone looking for an undemanding good value pocket camera that will deliver decent image quality with the minimum of fuss. Exciting it may not be, but at times you just want a camera that does the job of an aide memoire and don't want to spend a fortune to get it.
Super-slim stylish compact design
The Canon ELPH 300 HS / IXUS 220 HS is a gorgeous little camera that seems to strike the perfect balance between size, features and ease of use. It's 2mm thinner than the ELPH 310 HS / IXUS 230 HS and slightly smaller in the other dimensions, and although that doesn't sound a lot, it makes a world of a difference in your hand, where it nestles snugly and feels rather nice too thanks to an all-over texture coating. This is a camera you really have to feel in your hand to appreciate.
High image quality
It is rare to find a compact camera, especially one that docks in at under Â£200 that seemingly ticks all the boxes. Yet the Canon IXUS 220 HS is perhaps proof that such a device does exist. Users of every level will undoubtedly find the unit easy to use, whilst providing an abundance of creative options to keep photographers of every skill level entertained.
attractive, slim camera
Like its predecessor, I enjoyed spending time with the SD1400 IS. It's small, sleek and easily transportable, and has very good build quality. It takes nice-looking photos and movies and has many interesting features. It has a high-quality lens that takes sharp pictures with small amounts of distortion.
Broader and wider zoom lens
Canon's IXUS 130 / SD1400 IS improves upon its already desirable predecessor with a broader and wider zoom lens, enhanced Auto mode, and a series of clever self-timers triggered by a face, smile or wink. The screen's also slightly bigger than before and looks great at almost any angle, and you still get 720p HD video and an HDMI port to enjoy your photos and movies on an HDTV.
Image quality is outstanding with the SD1400.
This Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS review shows a very nice compact camera that will deliver really good image quality for beginning photographers. The SD1400 has some issues with response times -- trust me, you'll quickly become frustrated seeing the "Busy" message on the screen -- but the SD1400 compares adequately to other sub-$200 cameras and offers a good value.
very nice digital camera
I hand-picked the Canon SD780 IS from the range of Spring 2009 digital cameras, hoping it would be a good performer, as I expect its appearance alone to make it a great seller. We've even see other sites give it a positive review. Though we really like the way the camera works, and at least two of us had it on our short list as our next pocket camera, the fact that it can't exceed the capabilities of the two-year-old 7.1-megapixel Canon SD1000 scuttled our plans.
the SD780 is ready for HDMI output to an HDTV.
ook at the SD780's specs sheet basics â?? 3x zoom, 2.5 inch LCD, tiny viewfinder, and few controls designed to appeal to advanced shooters â?? and its list price of just a shade under $300 looks hard to justify. Shoot with the camera for a little while, though, and you'll quickly figure out that this is a device that proves to be much more than the sum of its parts.
pictures more fun and enjoyable
This camera produces images that rival that of larger more expensive digicams, and offers AF performance that leaves many of them in the dust as well. I was slightly disappointed that the burst mode was slower than its predecessor (I achieved 1fps compared to the SD770's 1.6fps), however I don't see too many of the consumers that buy this camera using that feature often. Plus, they added a high-quality 720p HD movie mode, so who needs a burst mode on a camera this small anyway.
This is however in-line with most other compacts offering HD movies, and of course results in more manageable file sizes, not to mention easier playback.
Much of the appeal of the IXUS 100 IS / SD780 IS of course lies with its physical build and appearance. See it in the flesh and itâ??s a real head-turner, and the first model weâ??ve tested in a long while to attract admiring comments from almost everyone who saw it. The camera really is very small with a smart finish and total absence of sharp corners, ensuring itâ??ll never dig uncomfortably into your hands or pockets. It simply looks and feels great.
The Canon Powershot SD780 IS distinguishes itself by being one of the slimmest ultra-compacts and by its HD movie-mode (720p). The remainder of its specifications are quite simple: a 12 megapixels sensor with ISO up to 1600 and a minimal 3X optical zoom lens. Given that few such smaller cameras do HD, the SD780 is work a look.
Canon has taken the concept of a fashionable, easy-to-use point-and-shoot that also performs well and knocked it out of the park. The PowerShot SD780 IS is sure to turn heads and keep casual photograpers happy with its image quality and fun features, though you donâ??t get much in the way of manual controls.
us a nice, sharp picture
This is a compact that will sell just because of its ultra portable size, but there's no denying the fact that the Canon PowerShot SD780 IS is much more than just a pocket-friendly smooth talker. Most other tiny compacts in this class can walk the walk, but they can't back it up with a solid image performance, or great features.
The color is beautiful, and the camera pulls this particular scene off nicely.
The Canon SD770 will suit the needs of most advanced tourists and beginner shooters who want to expand their photography knowledge. You won't find many external controls on the camera, other than a circular directional pad and round shutter button zoom toggle. The LCD screen is even on the small side. All of the action happens when you power on the Canon SD770, including various color modes, a strong set of manual controls, various d-pad quick adjustments and a killer playback interface.
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